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Royals not calling up top prospect Moustakas

Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:09 pm
Mike Moustakas "The Process" will have to wait a little longer in Kansas City, as the Royals have no plans to call up much-ballyhooed prospect Mike Moustakas.

"We don’t want to fill up the bench with guys that aren’t going to play," manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star , indicating Josh Fields and Gil Meche are guaranteed additions to the roster while catcher Lucas May may also be promoted.

Moustakas has split 2010 between Double- and Triple-A, hitting a cumulative .326/.374/.635 with 34 bombs in 506 plate appearances. The third baseman is considered to have a shot at opening 2011 as the club's starter, but won't be getting his feet wet yet even as he was named the Texas League Player of the Year.

In order for Moustakas to get ready for a battle in spring training, he will play winterball in the Dominican and may even participate in the Pan-Am games for Team USA. However, to play for Team USA, one cannot be on a 40-man roster -- which Moustakas would have to be to hit the majors.

"He doesn’t have to go on the [40-man] roster until after the 2011 season," GM Dayton Moore said of Moustakas . Being placed on a 40-man roster automatically starts racking up service time, a major-league contract and burning options as well as taking up space for another player the team may prefer be the majors.

"You could certainly make a case that it’s important for him to come up here in September, get acclimated and see what the major leagues are about," Moore continued. "Is that prudent now? It’s not. He’s still going to get the same opportunity in spring training that he would have had in 2011 whether he’s a September call-up or not."

In the absence of Moustakas, the Royals will take a look at Fields, who has been injured much of the season, in addition to Wilson Betemit, Chris Getz and Mike Aviles to sort through who will be starting, on the bench or out of the organization by the time Moustakas takes grounders at the hot corner next season.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:39 pm

Royals not calling up top prospect Moustakas

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Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2010 12:12 pm

Royals not calling up top prospect Moustakas

i feel bad for the royals fans.  this guy is the real deal and should be up THIS YEAR.  is this gonna be another example of a team keeping a guy in the minors to protect his rights for one more year?

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 10:59 am

Royals not calling up top prospect Moustakas

Hope Moustakas isn't another Alex "Can't Miss" Gordon.

Dude lit the minors up... and is doing so now, but can't seem to translate that success to the bigs.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:26 am

Royals not calling up top prospect Moustakas


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